Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act; sewer laterals. (HB115)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act; sewer laterals.  Establishes a set of requirements for the protection of sewer system laterals and private sewer laterals that are unique from the general requirements of the Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act. The measure also establishes procedures to address recurring noncompliance with the provisions of the Act by localities and other political subdivisions of the Commonwealth. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/05/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10102139D
01/05/2010Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/15/2010Impact statement from SCC (HB115)
01/26/2010Tabled in Commerce and Labor


Fred Burkhardt writes:

This bill apparently attempts to transfer liability from the operators of underground utilities (gas & electric) to the operators of sewer systems. It is not possible to locate with any certainty laterals in older communities. There are generally no cleanouts, no records, and numerous extraneous lateral connections to the main. If this bill relieves the trenchless operator from the responsibility of potholing to definitely find the lateral, then it is condoning a very dangerous practice which will end up with explosive gasses in city sewer systems and homes. Based on my experience with this issue, I believe trenchless technology should be forbidden when there are lateral connections that cannot be exposed through potholing. This practice is far too dangerous to allow guesswork. A root cutter will annihilate a plastic gas main.